Indonesia says Trump curbs may hamper fight against terrorism

Indonesia says Trump curbs may hamper fight against terrorism
Demonstrators block traffic at the international arrival terminal as they protest against muslim immigration ban at San Francisco International Airport on January 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California.

JAKARTA - US President Donald Trump's crackdown on Muslim immigration will damage the global fight against terrorism, Indonesia - the world's most populous Muslim-majority country - said Sunday.

The foreign ministry said it "deeply regrets" Trump's order to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough new controls on travellers from seven Muslim countries.

Indonesia is not one of the countries.

"Even though this policy is the United States' authority, Indonesia deeply regrets it because we believe it would affect the global fight against terrorism and the refugees management negatively," ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir told AFP.

"It is wrong to link radicalism and terrorism with one particular religion," Nasir said.

Jakarta's embassy in Washington has advised its nationals living in the United States to stay alert and learn about their rights from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Indonesians were also advised to be alert to their surroundings and contact the nearest consulate should anything happen to them after the ban was announced.

Some 85 percent of Indonesia's 255 million people are Muslims.

Trump signed an executive order on Friday to suspend refugee arrivals for at least 120 days, and to bar visas for three months for travellers from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Sudan.

The move was met with widespread protests across the country. A US federal judge Saturday blocked part of the temporary immigration ban.

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